Day 1…Needful Things…

12 Days of Christmas 1

Every year so far people ask…Will you please do the Juki again this year?…. so here it is AGAIN!… popular demand…and read for something we have never been able offer before at the end of this post!th1


Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. I think I have had a Juki for about 9 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and a 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters. Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet, comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle. It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually. The machine ONLY stitches straight. Now this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate . It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader , knee lift and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words it is FAST.

After stitching on this machine and using it. I did not want to stitch on anything else. It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and fed my little pieces in nicely. Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate! But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it! I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q, now they make a TL2010 Q1, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love my 98 and the features they added do not make a difference to me…so I am keeping my 98.

Here is the only con to my Juki…it is heavy…but it is all metal! You can’t have metal parts and it be light!…I think of it like today’s featherweight-but it is not light. Anyone can work on a Juki…it is a basic machine, it has no computer…it just needs to be oiled and used and it is happy!

So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it. They now have a presence at the larger quilt shows and will soon come out with a long arm, that will be most reasonably priced. I do sell the Juki 2010Q1 at my store…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s. I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $899-(yes…not a typo) including shipping. This is a great deal. We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year. JUKI In 2014 they will go back to $999.00 still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine! Please allow a few weeks for delivery…we will not charge your card until we are shipping it. Click HERE to order a machine

Last year we sold almost…50 machines…If we make it to 50 this year…one of you who purchases will get theirs FREE!!! Those odds are pretty good!!!

I will update you with numbers at the end of the year…I hope we sell 50 and I hope you WIN yours!!!  Tomorrow Santa will post ALL the WINNERS for all the posts but this one unless we make it to 50 in one day!  but otherwise I will post the winner of the sewing machine on NEW YEARS DAY!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season…Lisa and the Staff of Primitive Gatherings


109 responses to “Day 1…Needful Things…”

  1. Rosemary Redhead Avatar
    Rosemary Redhead

    What an awesome and very generous prize for a very lucky quilter. I never mastered the needle threader but do love my 98 Juki!!
    Thanks for a fun 12 days!

  2. Dawn Avatar

    Thank you for all the posts and information. It was a great 12 days!

  3. Brenda Peplinskie Avatar
    Brenda Peplinskie

    If that shipping was free to Canada, I’d have to give that some serious consideration!! Merry Christmas to you and your staff and I look forward to sharing 2015 with you! See you in Houston!!

  4. Sherry Avatar

    Thanks for a fun 12 days. I totally agree with everything you wrote about Juki machines. A very merry Christmas to all.

  5. Barbara Avatar

    Another wonderful informative blog post. Thank you for a fun and informative 12 days. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. Mary Ann Avatar

    Lisa and staff, It has been fun to open your email every day and see what goodies you had to offer. May the peace of Christmas fill your hearts. Congratulations on your new shop and best wishes for the New Year.

  7. Rose Avatar

    My Juki 2010Q is probably the best sewing investment I have ever made! Upon your recommendation, I purchased my Juki in 2012 and have loved everything about it. In 2012, I was just starting to dabble in FMQ and the throat on my Bernina was rather tight and I tended to get frustrated until Juki came to live with me.
    What a difference! I have quilted up to a queen size with no problems except for operator errors like when I sewed the bottom right corner to the middle of the back of the quilt. I have a good friend that also purchased a Juki after trying mine and she also loves hers. Lisa, for the third year I have enjoyed your 12 Days of Christmas and seeing all of the useful items that will make my sewing experiences more enjoyable. Thank you for your time and generosity. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  8. Colleen Avatar

    It has been a lot of fun following along these 12 days. My first read with my coffee each morning. Now, to bake one last thing & get the car packed for our Christmas Eve travels to visit the families. Merry Christmas! I am looking forward to the new year making new things and following you on this journey we share.

  9. Carol Avatar

    I am going to talk to my Santa here tomorrow about that Juki…it’s been on my wish list since you first talked about it in your first 12 days a few years back. The price is great, and free would be even better! Kind of a guilt thing this time of year to spend on myself when things like college loans are a burden, but still …. sewing is my only vice!
    Merry Christmas, Lisa, and thank you for keeping up with your tradition that we all look forward to when your heart isn’t so into the holidays.

  10. Lynn Avatar

    Thank you for offering once again “Needful Things”. I’ve really enjoyed it. Everything you’ve said about the Juki sewing machine is so very true. I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family and the staff.

  11. Pat Nickless Avatar
    Pat Nickless

    Can u post a pick of this machine? Thanks, Pat

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      There is a picture Pat…do you need another?

  12. Maureen Avatar

    Thank you Lisa. Merry Christmas to all at Primitive Gatherings!

  13. DebbieY Avatar

    Lisa, thanks for hosting this for us. As always you are awesome. Unfortunately for me right now I am not able to make this purchase,but it is on my list for 2015. 2014 has had a lot of downs for me I would not wish on anyone…… love of quilting has gotten me thru some pretty rough times and made many bleak days cheery. Merry Christmas to you and your family, I know it won’t be easy for you,remember we all love you!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I am with you Debbie..2014 has not been so nice to me either…but I believe 2015 is going to be awesome!

  14. Audrey gerrits Avatar
    Audrey gerrits

    My juki is my right hand! Thank you for the best machine ever!

  15. Nancy Y Avatar
    Nancy Y

    Hmmmm this needleful item is the most tempting of them all! I will have to talk to Santa and see if it appears under my tree this year. I have my fingers crossed. Merry Christmas.

  16. Melody Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa, and to everyone at PG. I also have enjoyed needful things. Best wishes on
    the coming year, and on your new endeavors.

  17. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Also to Primitive Gatherings. Love the information in the 12 needful things and look forward to it for next year. Thanks for taking the time to do this. 🎅

  18. Marlene Le may mason Avatar
    Marlene Le may mason

    I bought the Juki 2010 last year and it’s a winner! I would love to have won it but gotta say…it’s great for dependability and it’s a work horse! It reminds me of my mom’s old singer. All metal and after 50 years of use it was still sewing true. Worth every penny! I would love another one for our seasonal home. The Juki is heavy so I take my light weight machine. If you buy one .. you will get your monies worth.

    Lisa, thanks for another fun 12 days. It’s like the Yule calendar I used to do with my kids. Looking forward to next year’s already. Merry Christmas.

  19. treadlemusic Avatar

    Reblogged this on Treadlemusic and commented:
    This “reblog” is because Lisa says it better than I could and why reinvent the wheel??? Unlike her, I do have the TL2010Q with the updated speed control, etc, and love it for the reasons she mentions. I, too, purchased mine (in 2010) to do my fmq on but have since used it exclusively for all my piecing and general sewing needs INCLUDING the bridal gown alterations that I still take care of!!!!! Again, it is a straight stitch ONLY machine but it does it perfectly!!!!! The price that Lisa is offering on this machine is awesome (shipping included!!!!)! Although I am not a dealer, my enthusiasm for this product has resulted in several purchases among friends and those who have watched my fmq demos.

    1. shirley Avatar

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, love your posts and web site.. Will be looking forward to next year to see what new items are in your shop.

  20. treadlemusic Avatar

    That Juki is THE BEST!!!! I reblogged this (how could I not!!!???)…..your sales offer is awesome!!! I do own the 2010 version and use it as you do……for everything (although it was purchased only for the fmq that I love to do)!! Your recommendations echo mine exactly!!!! Christmas Blessings to you and hugs…………

  21. Julie Deering Avatar
    Julie Deering

    Thanks Lisa for the Twelve Days Of Christmas. I would love a Juki but will have to make it next years wish for Christmas. Wonder if Santa can take my new vacuum cleaner back?? Wishing you and all the girls at the shop a very Merry Christmas.

  22. Mary Z. Avatar
    Mary Z.

    Thanks for your “needful things” blog……so much fun to read every morning with my coffee! Looking forward to working on some of your projects after the holidays! Merry Christmas!

  23. Dolores R Avatar
    Dolores R

    Always wondered about the Juki and since you have given it great reviews I will have to consider purchasing one! Thanks for 12 fun-filled days, they have been so much fun. A Very Merry Christmas to you, your family and staff and a blessed New Year.

  24. Janet Avatar

    A Juki’s been on my list since you had it on your Needful Things in 2012 … it won’t be this year but maybe next. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  25. Janice Avatar

    Okay, now I have some serious decisions to make. I had actually been thinking about getting a new machine just for quilting. I think you have convinced me that I need a Juki for everything. I too own two Berninas, a 12 lb. Janome for retreating, and a featherweight. Thanks for such great pricing. And I want to add thanks for your 12 days of educating us about things that will truly enhance our quality of life as we pursue our passion for quilting!

  26. Janice Avatar

    Oops! The website has a booboo. The pricing for the Juki is showing $8.99! The elves on the shelf are truly misbehaving!!!!!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      yes..they are…I woke them up already…bad elves!!!

      1. gijane279-Liz Avatar

        lol…. bad bad elves!!

  27. Terri Avatar

    Wish a Juki was in the budget for me but ….. maybe next year. Anyway, a very Merry Christmas Lisa to you, your family and staff. Thanks for all you do to keep us inspired and may 2015 be the best year yet!

  28. Toni R. Avatar
    Toni R.

    Hi Lisa – Thank you for sharing your helpful hints and experiences. The quilting community is wonderful and so willing to share, help and guide. I am looking forward to your visit to our small upstate NY quilting community in June – we are excited to have you join us! Wishing you, your family and your team a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  29. Sue kraft Avatar

    That’s quite a sales pitch! You make it very tempting. But first, I need to find one near where I live to try it out. Meantime I’ll continue with my Berninas and Featherweights. However, I am hearing more and more about the Juki from other sources. Thanks for once again bringing us a great list of needful things. I look forward to this event every year. Merry Christmas!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Sue…last year…I asked the ladies who purchased Jukis from the previous year to post of how they liked their machines or anyone who has had one for awhile to post about them…so If you want to read those it is a true account of their experience with their machines…it is on Day 1 of 2013 post…
      here is the link to the page…or go to the calendar on the right hand side of my blog and click december 2013

  30. zaneyonequilts Avatar

    I’m one of the lucky folks who was able to buy the Juki last Christmas. I absolutely love it! I have thee other machines and have not touched them (except to put them away) since “Jukilicious” arrived. It does everything you say.

  31. Cheryl Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and your team at Primitive Gatherings.

  32. annita Avatar

    Thanks for a fun 12 needful things for a quilter. It has been a delight to discover what we can and cannot live without. I have never heard of Juki, but will definitely investigate more about it. It can be difficult when piecing to get accurate seams and for the me the more pieces (or connecting seams) the less accurate my block is, even if I have my 1/4″ foot on. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your staff.

  33. Arlene Avatar

    Thank you for the glowing review of the Juki. It’s been on my “wishlist” for some time. Also loved the “Needful Things” posts. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a very happy New Year with lots of posts.

  34. Steph M Avatar
    Steph M

    Great post…I have a Juki but only use it for small machine quilting projects. If I could add on to my existing sewing room, I would definitely move it from my basement to my sewing room and use it for piecing!! Thanks for the tips…I forget it has more uses thank just machine quilting! There will be one lucky winner with this gem! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!! Thanks again for a great 12 days!

  35. Ann Avatar

    I usually sew on “antique machines” my newest is my featherweight (1951) and my oldest a model 90 (1927) – and they all sew beautifully. But I did want a machine for quilting, to leave set up in my quilting studio, so last year I bought the Juki. I love this machine. It sews as beautifully as any of my old machines with the added bonus of harp space! Good luck reaching 50….if I didn’t already own 6 machines…. 🙂

  36. Carol Schallock Avatar
    Carol Schallock

    I wish I had a Juki. I know a few people that have them and they love ’em.

  37. Joan Richards Avatar
    Joan Richards

    I noticed that lightening quick machine in your tutorial for the triangle papers and was smitten. I am going to start a juki savings fund. Thank you for these posts. As difficult as it may be for you to come up with new “things,” you did a great job! May the blessings of the season visit all the PG peeps. 🎄🎅🙏

  38. Paulette Doyle Avatar

    My friend owns a Juki and calls it her Work Horse…she LOVES it!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please keep us posted on the New Shop!! I’m waiting with my purse in hand…haha

  39. Lori Loff Avatar
    Lori Loff

    Two questions:

    Does it come with a quarter inch foot? Does the quarter inch foot have that blade thing on it?

    Will it fit in my current cabinet ( now have a pfaff in it, I have one of Tracy’s Tables), and get one of those acrylic pieces that fill in the gap between the machine and the cabinet.

    Okay that was more than two questions. Thanks for your help.


    1. lisabongean Avatar

      It does come with a 1/4″ foot…however I do not use it as i think its too big like all the rest of them out there…
      I have a tracy’s table also…you may have to order a new well or adjust the one you have already and yes..order a new acrylic surround to fill the gap…
      If you look at the video on the triangle paper post…that blue tape is my 1/4 guide…I layer it and cut it to 1/2″ wide …and gauge my scant 1/4″ and proceed to piece that way…

  40. Nancy Amann Avatar
    Nancy Amann

    I took advantage of your Juki offer last year. I love it!

  41. Angela Avatar

    Thank you for your daily needful things, I enjoyed reading them each day. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  42. Nancy Amann Avatar
    Nancy Amann

    Lisa,what type of table do you have your machine in or do you just use the extension it comes with?

  43. Alice Tignor Avatar

    Thank you for the fun of Needful Things! Hope you sell 50 today. I would love one.

  44. Christina Avatar

    Not being a lover of machine piecing, maybe this is the machine that I would like. It would be so wonderful to work at a seeing machine and not be grinding my teeth.
    Thank you so much Lisa and everyone at Primitive Gatherings for all of you wonderful inspirations.
    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and many Blessings to you all.
    Hugs 🙂

  45. Jackie Avatar

    I loved all your daily needful items, this sewing machine sounds wonderful. Am considering ordering one.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas to you all.

  46. Pat Baker Avatar
    Pat Baker

    I have been drooling over this machine for a while now. I love my featherweight but this might be with it considering the newly added features that you mention. Have so enjoyed your “Needful” things and have learned about items that I wasn’t aware of. Thank you for all your inspiration. I will continue to follow in 2015 and hopefully finish some UFO’s. I’m especially enjoying your projects working with wool. Hope you, your staff. And families enjoy a blessed Christmas!

  47. Karen in Breezy Point Avatar
    Karen in Breezy Point

    I own one of these awesome machines, and I love it!!! I keep my Bernina packed up for retreats since it’s lighter and use my Juki everyday.

  48. Susan G. Avatar
    Susan G.

    I have a juki and truly like this machine. Believe what Lisa says about it. Thank you so much for the 12 days of Needful things. I always look forward to reading your posts all through the year. Merry Christmas.

  49. Linda A Avatar
    Linda A

    What a wonderful gift someone could win!
    Thank you for the Needful Things. I enjoyed reading it everyday and got some good tips.
    Merry Christmas!

  50. Audrea Constancio Avatar
    Audrea Constancio

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with the rest of us. This has been a very trying year for me and I pray 2015 will be better. Finances are very tight for me but I still look forward to 12 Days of Christmas every year. Having a Juki would be awesome and one day I will purchase one. Hvae a Merry Christmas!!!

  51. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    Thank you for the 12 days of Christmas. Wishing you, your family and the Primitive Gatherings staff a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  52. Pamela Miller Avatar
    Pamela Miller

    Lisa, thank-you for the daily needful things. I looked forward to them each morning. That Juki sounds like a real work-horse and that’s a great price. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a much happier 2015. Peace to you and yours.

  53. Brenda Avatar

    I love my Juki TL98Q. I do have several machines, too, but my Juki is Mr. Dependable. No electronics to worry about and a beautiful stitch. I haven’t been using the thread cutter on the foot pedal, but after seeing Lisa use it in the video demonstrating the triangle charm papers I’m wondering what I don’t….

  54. Sheila Avatar

    Sure wish Santa would cooperate this year but dont think it will happen. Some lucky person is going to be very happy. Lisa, thank you and all your staff for what you do every year to keep us all so happy with our quilting and sewing. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2015.

  55. Lizzie Avatar

    thanks for all the info and fun 12 days!

  56. mary Avatar

    I bought my juki from you in 2012 and I love it also. I only get out the Bernina for zig zaging and such, but that is not often. I can’t get the needle threader to work anymore but that is the only problem I’ve had with it. Someone will be so thrilled to win one! Juki had their quilting machine at the Des Moines show but the saleswoman was so involved with her computerized quilting she wouldn’t stop what she was doing to let me try it, I even went to the booth twice. A salesperson can make all the difference. Have a good holiday with your family, hope you have a little time to relax.

  57. Lori Albrechtsen Avatar
    Lori Albrechtsen

    I got mine two years ago when you had your needful things posted and I love it! For those considering this machine you won’t be disappointed!!! Thanks Lisa!

  58. Nancy Avatar

    Well, almost there to a new year. They sure go fast. I worked on PHD’s (projects half done) and did well, but seem to have acquired some new ones along the way. Merry Christmas to you and the gals/guys behind the scene who keep Primitive Gatherings up there as my favorite online shop! Thank you to all.

  59. Sharon Tseu Avatar
    Sharon Tseu

    I’m thinking by Bernina and Pfaff need some company! I, also, was wondering about what kind of table you use for this one? Thanks for doing the 12 days….it has been such fun to read each morning! Wishing you and your staff a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

  60. Lisa Avatar

    Your twelve days of Christmas posting is always informative. I love learning about new things use when quilting. Sure wish a new machine was on my list. Thanks for your enthusiasm and inspiration.

  61. Tammy Penley Avatar

    WOW! What a wonderful prize! Thanks for the chance to win! 🎁👏😊

  62. Claire Avatar

    I have had my eye on this machine for several years now. I am hoping that maybe someone will have one at one of the shows so I can try it out. Thank you for taking time to show us all of the new needful things. It has been fun reading about all of them. Merry Christmas to all of you at PG.

  63. Nancy Terhaar Avatar
    Nancy Terhaar

    I love my Juki 2010-Q I call “Bunny” I just bought in October. What a sturdy, accurate machine, and I am amazed at it’s ability to cut top and bottom threads with a touch to your foot pedal. Wow, what a wonderful age we live in. Anyway, those who get this machine, and the lucky, lucky one to win one, have some very happy sewing days ahead of them. Thank you, Lisa, for doing Needful Things. This is my first year. I hope you and all the people who follow you have peace in their hearts this season and all through the new year.

  64. Miriam Leech Avatar
    Miriam Leech

    I have to say that I do love my Juki, but I too have had a difficult time with my needle threader and am a little bit pleased that I’m not the only one… It is so frustrating because it is a neat feature. I’ve watched utube videos and it’s difficult to see the process, so I’ve not been able to use this ..but it doesn’t stop me from using this wonderful machine…it is a work horse, but as Lisa says…it’s very heavy…..made well and has so many great features.

  65. Holly M. Avatar
    Holly M.

    Lisa, thank you so much for a great 12 days! Your email was the first thing I opened each morning and it was a delight to view each of the needful things . . . several of which I did purchase! Lots and lots of fun. . . . and LOVED reading everyone’s comments! I wish you, your staff and your families a peaceful and blessed Christmas. Best wishes on your new California venture. Very much appreciate your efforts on behalf of all of us “PGites” : )

  66. Mary Avatar

    This machine sounds awesome! I’m going to have to have a talk with my “Santa”!
    Merry Christmas and may the new year bring many great blessings to you.

  67. Susan Avatar

    I’ve looked at these machines and if I every buy another machine, this is definitely in the running. I know Juki from their typewriters years and YEARS ago, as well as the sewing machines. Everyone I know who has one swears by it.

  68. Mary Pasewark Avatar
    Mary Pasewark

    I’VE decided that Santa is bringing me a Juki this year! I’m tired of fighting with the tension issues on my Bernina. The only Bernina repair shop in my town takes months to fix a machine. So you’ve got to have more than one machine, right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  69. Janet O. Avatar

    Last year, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, I had 4 execs from Juki corporation in my sewing room doing market research for their new longarm. They wanted to talk to people with “sitdown” models of longarm machines. Since then I have been curious to try their machines.
    One of the men was from their American offices and the other three were from Japan. If that wasn’t a surreal experience, I don’t know what would be.

  70. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    Thank you Lisa for another fun 12 days, it’s the first thing I do while having my morning tea. Lots of good tips and products, I look forward to it each year. Merry Christmas to you, your family and the staff at PG. Looking forward to 2015 and the new store, all the best to you in the New Year.

  71. Lissa Rogers Avatar
    Lissa Rogers

    Thank you so much for these 12 days of learning! I can hardly wait to take your class @ road to CA! Merry Christmas an Happy New Year to you and all your amazing staff @ Primitive Gatherings!!!

  72. Lisa D Avatar
    Lisa D

    Thank you for taking the time in your busy schedule for the daily posts. Lots of great information to take begin my 2nd year of quilting! Merry Christmas to you and all your staff!

  73. Beth Esser Avatar
    Beth Esser

    I’ve had so much fun reading your 12 days needful things and now it is time to place and order! I work at school so today is my first day off for Christmas break (we don’t go back til Jan 5!). My husband and I slept in, had coffee and sat by the fire and watched the news; I did a little knitting. Do the best you can this year for the holidays Lisa. You’ve given so much to so many people, we wish all the Peace and Joy for you your heart can hold. Blessings this Christmas and always, to you and all the people you love the most.

  74. sandy L Avatar
    sandy L

    It has been a blast to open your email every morning and see what needful thing you were talking about for the day. You are one busy woman but your advise is appreciated.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  75. Cindy Avatar

    It’s a beauty! Thank you for the 12 days of Needful things & more! Merry Christmas!!

  76. Angelia L. Avatar
    Angelia L.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your “Needful Things” with us each year….I have definitely found a few things that I need! The Juki sounds like an amazing machine! I would love to have a new sewing machine someday….I am using the $150 Brother machine I bought at Walmart when I started quilting 3 years ago. It is an okay machine for starting out but it has it’s limits….I would love to do FMQ and be able to sew more than 3 layers of fabric at once….so frustrating! I hope that you, your family and the PG team have a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!! Thank you for all you do!!

  77. Francine Johnson Avatar
    Francine Johnson

    love my Juki . Use it for piecing and machine quilting. Very glad I got it. Francine J

  78. Veronica Avatar

    Thank you, Lisa, for the amazing information you’ve shared again through your twelve days of “Needful things”. I learn as I’m exposed to new products. Your Juki sounds amazing and it’s nice that you’ve found the machine that makes your piecing come out perfect. This is a very generous gift you are giving to some lucky winner.
    Best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season, and good luck in your new California adventures in the upcoming year. Waiting to hear your amazing “grandma” stories in the near future.

  79. DaisyS Avatar

    Love your 12 Days of Christmas for the past three years. I have learned so much! Wish you peace and love in your holiday season as we will all be thinking if you.

    If anyone is on the fence about the Juki, go ahead and take the jump. Everything Lisa and everyone else says is true. The way is sews is ideal! You will be very happy. There are no Juki dealers around where I live and I could not test it out before I got it, but it wasn’t necessary. You will love it!!! Just Do It!!! 😉 Her price is great too!!!

  80. Vicki Sprain Avatar
    Vicki Sprain

    Sounds like a fabulous machine and on my wishlist for a someday purchase! Thanks for the 12 Days of Needful Things. It was fun to look forward to reading your emails every day!

  81. Michelle Avatar

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family! Enjoy that new grand baby. See you in February.

  82. carol Avatar

    This machine sounds like the machine I should have bought. I bought expensive plastic. I am so dissatisfied. I like all the points you discuss here. I don’t there are any dealers near by but would love to test drive one.

  83. De De Avatar
    De De

    I love that this is #1. I have it on my wish list, maybe next year. Thanks for all the great things.

  84. Kris Dauth Avatar
    Kris Dauth

    Oh how I would love to have a Juki but I would have no room for it right now. I may have to search out a dealer one of these days to test drive one. Merry Christmas! It’s been fun learning about all of your needful things.

  85. Angela Brady Avatar
    Angela Brady

    I really think I want this machine and would had purchased it in 2012 when you first talked about it in the 12 days of Christmas but I had just purchased a well I’m not going to say but another brand that there is something I’m not happy about with it in August of the same year. I to want a machine that will go faster than what most machine will do that’s a problem I’ve had since I was use to sewing on older machines growing up and industrial machine that my grandmother had that would really go fast. I think I’m just going to have to make this purchase and then just sell one of my other machines to justifie it. Thanks Lisa for all u do the 12 days of Christmas which I saw some other things too I need. Merry Christmas!

  86. Peggy Simpson Avatar
    Peggy Simpson

    Thank you for the 12 Days of Christmas and for exposing us to wonderful new tips and tools. It is now time to work up my first order and to make a list of things I will order when the budget allows. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday to all !

  87. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    Lisa, I have loved they 12 days posts and have even bought a few items you talked about! I sure wish I could purchase the Juki right now! That’s quite the generous offer your making too. I’ve seen some good things about it and the way it sews. Also, I do believe I remember reading in Linda H’s Quilted Pineapple blog she bought one from you and loves it too, with both you and her saying you loved it I know it must be awesome.

  88. Loris Mills Avatar

    Thanks for the great review!

  89. Bonnie B Quigley Avatar

    Lisa — you have “SOLD” at least one Juki today — to me! Can’t wait to click the box and ‘add to cart’. You are a hero to thousands in the quilting world — count me in that group. Loved meeting you at the Village Dry Goods Retreat in 2013 and have been stitching your great ideas for many months. Kudos to all your Primitive Gatherings crew. I know this time of year especially hard for you, but know your loyal followers have you in our hearts. Sending wishes for a holiday as you want it and hope for a strong and satisfying 2015.

  90. Lana Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you and to me! I’ve decided this year is the year. I have two Berninas –a very expensive one that I bought about 10 years ago and a 300 series that I take to my weekly sewing group. They are nice machines, but they eat my small piecing projects unless I use a starter fabric, even then the feed dogs are so wide they slip unless I sew very slowly. Come January–when this machine arrives— I’ll sew like the wind. I never pieced small blocks until I became addicted to your designs. I also am addicted to wool applique!!!! I remember my Grandmother saying something about idle hands being the work of the devil— is that the reason I have a project going by every chair??!!!! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.. I’ll be looking forward to reading about your adventures. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  91. Kerri V Avatar
    Kerri V

    Thank you for being so generous. I look forward to reading your picks each year and sometimes refer to them thru out the year when needing an item I remember you listed. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!

  92. Mary Clemens Avatar
    Mary Clemens

    What a fun 12 days! Thanks for all the tips and insights. Merry Christmas to you, your family and the Primitive Gatherings staff.

  93. Barbara F. Avatar
    Barbara F.

    That Juki sounds like a wonderful machine! Wish I could jump in, but not in the cards for me right now. Thank you for the fun 12 Days of Christmas posts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  94. lbosma Avatar

    I really want a Juki especially after hearing talk about them on several occasions. I will be sure to check the Juki out next time I am in the market for a machine. Thank you for a great year is stitching Lisa! Merry Christmas!!!

  95. Barb Onken Avatar
    Barb Onken

    Wow! Awesome prize. Merry Christmas!

  96. Marianne Carree Avatar
    Marianne Carree

    Hello Lisa,

    Do you ship to the Netherlands? Also $899 including shipping? And if so, could you put the day 8’s Stripology Ruler inside the box plus some Steam-a-Seam?

    Xmas regards, Marianne Carree

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Marianne I can do a $30 credit towards international shipping…the 30$ is what it costs to ship in US…let us know if you still want one…we will get you a shipping quote if you are interested…

  97. Jan Bauer Avatar
    Jan Bauer

    I am very interested in the Juki machine and that is an awesome price. I want to be able to do my own free motion quilting. I have 2 Brother machines-an embroidery machine and a baby brother which is also an embroidery machine. I have never really done much embroidery and am mostly interested in quilting. I was looking at the new Brother Dream which is very expensive. The Juki sounds really good and everybody seems to like it. Would I be able to teach myself how to use it?

  98. MS Barb Avatar
    MS Barb

    THANK YOU for sharing this info about a Juki–I have a quilting friend who loves hers, but have not sewn on one-yet!

  99. cdpquilter50 Avatar

    I purchased the TL2010 Q1 a year ago and really love quilting and piecing on it. The only problem is that the needle threader broke and I have to get it fixed. Otherwise, I have never regretted my decision to buy it. With the acrylic insert, it fits beautifully into my SewEzi table.

  100. Charmaine Avatar

    Got interrupted when posting my last comment. I mostly want to thank you, Lisa, for sharing good info and hosting super fun giveaways. I really like all the nice features on the Juki—maybe I’ll ask Santa for one next year! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Quilt on!!!🎄🎄🎄💞💞💞

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